State community colleges to try capping tuition increases

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | 7:17 a.m. CST; updated 12:52 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 25, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Leaders of Missouri's community colleges might try to keep tuition increases below $5 a credit hour next school year.

The Missouri Community College Association said the presidents and chancellors of the colleges have agreed to ask their boards of trustees to abide by the cap.

Gov. Jay Nixon planned a news conference Tuesday with community college leaders to discuss tuition for the 2011-2012 school year.

Nixon has recommended a 7 percent state funding cut for Missouri's public colleges and universities during the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Hal Higdon is president of Ozarks Technical Community College and chairman of the state community college organization. He says college leaders had anticipated a much larger cut, so they now likely can limit tuition increases to $5 per credit hour.


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